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What’s in a name?

April 27, 2009

From the “Get Your Priorities Right’ file…

When faced with a potential public health crisis it is important, as Deputy Minister of Health, that you ease public angst by coming up with an acceptable name for new diseases. 

That’s why we were all relieved to learn that Israel’s Deputy Health Minister Yakov Litzman, an Orthodox Jew, has decided that the outbreak of what is being called ‘swine flu’ elsewhere in the world will henceforth be known as ‘Mexico Flu’ in Israel.

Having taken care of that important bit of business, Litzman assured the nation that authorities were prepared to handle any cases of ‘Mexico Flu’ that might occur in Israel.

Under Jewish and Muslim dietary law, pork is forbidden food – although there are pig farms in both Israel and the West Bank to cater to the non-kosher, non-halal population here.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Pigs are seen inside their cage at a farm in La Ca village, outside Hanoi April 27, 2009. REUTERS/Kham (VIETNAM ANIMALS SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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I say let call it the Jackass Flu after Deputy Health Minister Yakov Litzman, them maybe he will be more motivated to pull his head out and help put a stop to it than worry about what it’s called.

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